EPA Launches Liberia’s INDC

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The Executive Director of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), has called for a more consolidated effort amongst stakeholders within the environmental sector for a united stance beneficiary to the country with the launch of Liberia’s Intended Nationally determined Contributions (INDC). The event took place earlier this week at the Monrovia City Hall.
The INDC publicly outlines what actions parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) intend to take under a global agreement as commitment. Liberia is expected to submit its INDC by October 2015, before the Conference of the Parties (COP-21) due to take place in Paris, France in December 2015.
EPA Executive Director Madam Anyaa Vohiri said human development and the ability to make progress toward achieving the Poverty Reduction benchmark stipulated by the millennium Development Goals (MDGs) could be impeded by the consequences of climate change impacts.
According to her, Liberia continues to experience frequent flooding, erratic rainfall, increased waterborne diseases, heavy storms and pest infestation among others, as a result of Climate Change.
She noted that if no drastic action is taken, climate change will continue to undermine Liberia’s capacity to provide opportunities and services to improve rural livelihood and increase human health security.
The EPA boss disclosed that her agency solicited from the Least Developed Countries’ Fund more than US$13 million out of which three pilot projects are being implemented by three government line ministries.
She outlined that out of the money, US$6.7 million was allocated to the Early Warning System’s Project being implemented by the Ministry of Transport, US$3.6 million went to the Climate Change Adaptation Agriculture Project being implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, while US$3 million was also apportioned to Enhancing Resilience of vulnerable Coastal Areas Project being implemented by the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.
Madam Vohiri revealed that these projects are a result of the National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA), a process that affords Liberia the opportunity to reflect and put in place measures that could increase the capacity of vulnerable communities to cope with climate change volatility.
She extolled representatives of EPA’s various collaborating partners for their continued support for the purpose of enhancing environmental sustainability in Liberia in keeping with the Agency’s mandate.
The INDC’s inception workshop, at which the INDC was launched, was attended by diplomats, representatives of the United Nations Economic Commission on Africa (UNECA), government officials, representatives of civil society and the business community as well as environmental non-governmental organizations, among others.

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